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PTDI reviews its driver training standards

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) is reviewing its skill, performance, curriculum, and certification standards in anticipation of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed rule that will consider the effectiveness of driver training in reducing crashes, and the appropriate types and levels of entry-level driver training that should be mandated, PTDI said.

PTDI's board of directors has authorized the formation of a task force to make recommendations regarding course standards and certification processes in preparation for the pending federal mandatory rule. FMCSA is drafting the proposed rule that is expected to be published late in 2007.

This proposed rule will consider requiring minimum time of behind-the-wheel training for persons who must hold a commercial driver license (CDL).

The task force also will make recommendations to the board on a strategic plan to expand its ability to certify training courses under any new federal mandate. This task force consists of publicly and privately funded truck driver schools, insurance industry, carriers, and other interested parties.

PTDI's board of directors has authorized development of a strategic partnership with Consolidated Safety Services (CSS) to conduct on-site visits at schools with commercial motor vehicle operator training courses seeking or maintaining course certification. Consolidated Safety Services is the only FMCSA contractor authorized to conduct motor carrier safety audits. CSS has 48 certified DOT inspectors who will be equipped to provide PTDI with expansion resources.

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